Debate - the Internet Brings More Harm Than Good

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THBT that the internet brings more harm than good.

Examples of harm:
1. Pornography - a lot of rapists and sexual offenders start off with pornography 2. Horror - screamers and horror movies, that traumatize people, especially children 3. Violence and gore - movies that contain excessive amounts of violence and gore 4. cyber bullying - social networks or blogs flaming or flaming through gaming 5. leaking personal information accidentally through social networks 6. false information - websites that give wrong information

7. involvement in criminal acts, such as piracy
8. Cheat money - black markets

Proposition:

1st Speaker: Kai Jie 4 5 6 7
2nd Speaker: Anton 1 2 3
3rd Speaker: Jared 8 9
Reply Speaker: Anton

Defining the motion

First, i will be defining the motion. We feel that the definition of the motion is that the internet has many opportunities for people to come across pictures, videos, people-to-people interaction, and so on and so forth, that may cause future harm not only to the person himself, but also to the people around him. This is so much to the point that there are more negative than positive effects of using the internet.

As for our roles, i will be speaking about cyber bullying, leaking of personal information, false information and viral websites or virus that kill computers. as for anton, he will be touching on videos or movies that bring harm to a person such as pornography, horror and violence and gore, while jared will be talking about ease of access to easy access to criminal, offensive or discriminatory information, and last but not least criminal offences through the internet such as unreliable markets.

The first reason why i feel that the internet does more harm than good is because there is a lot of cyber bullying going on on the internet. So what is cyber bullying? Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. By definition, it occurs among young people. When an adult is involved, it may meet the definition of cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking, a crime that can have legal consequences and involve jail time. Sometimes cyberbullying can be easy to spot — for example, if you receive a text message, tweet, or response to a status update on Facebook that is harsh, mean, or cruel. So far, in this year of 2012 itself, 32% of online teens say they have been targets of a range of annoying or potentially menacing online activities. 15% of teens overall say someone has forwarded or posted a private message they’ve written, 13% say someone has spread a rumor about them online, 13% say someone has sent them a threatening or aggressive message, and 6% say someone has posted embarrassing pictures of them online. As a result, we can see that the internet brings much harm because of the evident abundance of cyber bullying going around on the internet.

The second reason why we agree with the motion that the internet does more harm than good is because some sites allow conmen to trick people into giving them their personal information such as telephone numbers, house address, IC, and even bank account number, etc. Everyone’s privacy can be greatly harmed by the Internet. Some websites store information. Some ask us to fill in information which can be sold to other sites for commercial purposes. As the Internet gains more and more users the temptation for criminals to gain our private information becomes greater. Hackers can hide their true location when engaging in illegal activities online, so the likelihood of their being brought to justice is low. Whenever people post something online, it becomes almost impossible to erase, and with the proliferation of social networks posting personal information online is becoming second nature, this is a dangerous precedent. Take for example the posting of our locations online via geotagging, this for many is an action which...
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